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Diabetes Care & Education

An estimated 88 million adults in the United States (1 in 3) have prediabetes. Are you one of them?

Take the 1-minute screening:

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/takethetest or https://www.DoIhavePrediabetes.org

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, that means that your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. At this stage, you can delay or eliminate the onset of diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious disease and if you can delay or prevent its onset, you will enjoy better healthcare in the long run. You can learn how to keep it under control using lifestyle changes such as losing weight (even 5 to 10 pounds can make a difference), eating healthier, planning your meals, increasing your physical activity to at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week) and tracking the progress towards your goals. It is important to monitor your ABC’s (A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels), take your medications, eat at regular intervals throughout the day and pay attention to stress levels in your life and getting sufficient amounts of sleep. Vital problem solving and coping skills can be learned and put into practice.

Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Karen Roberts Mort, MS (kem18@cornell.edu, 518-765-3552) from Albany County, Diane Whitten, MS (dsh23@cornell.edu) from Saratoga County and MaryBeth Mitcham, MS (PhD candidate) (mem467@cornell.edu) from Warren County are currently offering their Dining with Diabetes program via Zoom at no charge. Contact them for more information.

During COVID, many programs are offering remote options. The recognized Lifestyle Change Program is being offered in Albany by St. Peter’s Endocrine and Diabetes Care and Albany Memorial Hospital. Call 518-447-3548 for information about programs at those two sites. Katie Cameron, MPH,BSW is the Site Director for the Diabetes Prevention Program. Trained lifestyle coaches in the community offer this year-long program which features group support. Check with Albany Medical Center Division of Community Endocrinology Center for Diabetes Education at 518-264-4459.

Last updated November 13, 2020